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The Lost Book of Adventure
The Lost Book of Adventure is the ultimate guide for kids that want to explore on the wild side. From how to build a den to safety tips in t... Read More
For anyone who has a desire to be at one with nature, to embrace their wild side and free their inner spirit, The Lost book of Adventure is a must have. Packed with nearly 200 illustrated pictures, this book is the ultimate survival guide for living on the wild side as far as you dare. It is written from experience and will appeal from children to adults. A lifetimes work uncovered and painstakingly re created as the bible for the adventurous. It has been heralded as “A love letter to the Wild” by The Bookseller and “Fact book of the month” by National Geographic Kids. No wonder Quarto Kids publishing are keen to share this Gem.
If you have an adventurous child in your family who enjoys campfires and den building, this is the perfect book to inspire their wild side. Read on to discover more and for your chance to win a copy.
More about the extraordinary Lost Book of Adventure
The origins of this book are quite extraordinary. I am always keen to see who the author is on a book, this one simply states “from the notebooks of the Unknown Adventurer” which had me curious. It turns out the contents of the book originate from a chest discovered in the Amazon by Teddy Keen. Notes, journals and sketchbooks have been carefully pieced together by Teddy on behalf of the unknown author to create this comprehensive resource.
The book is packed with highly illustrative tips on every aspect of outdoor survival. Whether you are wild camping, raft building, exploring off the beaten track or simply making a fire pit in the garden there is guidance here to help you. It is well laid out as a reference book for the activities you want to research and one to return to time and time again. It takes the reader right from basics like what type of knife to carry and how to hold and use it safely, to how to build a wild camp.
What we love
Sheer scale of topics covered
Written from experience
Inspires children to embrace adventure
Helpful safety tips for wild explorers
Beautiful illustrations on every page
Easy to take inspiration and apply to your own adventure
Taking inspiration from The lost Book of Adventure
It was flicking through my copy of the Lost Book of Adventure that prompted my Den building and Campfire Activity Hour session here on the farm. It was easily one of the most enjoyed sessions here and showed me just how much kids love the chance to embrace their wild side.
Need to Know
Hardback, 192 Pages, Size: 8.268 in x 10.63 in / 210 mm x 270 mm
Here at Coombe Mill we love to work with nature. Our activity hour in high season is usually based around nature crafts and building on educational topics in the great outdoors. Lonely Planet Kids have come out with a wonderful book packed with all the wild things we love to create here and lots more ideas too. It is a great resource with over 100 wild activities kids of all ages will enjoy. Read on to discover more and for your chance to win a copy.
More about Wild Things
This beautiful glossy book is wonderfully illustrated and packed with ideas that can be created just as suggested or embellished. From fairies to monsters, day time to night time, there is a way to make nature and fantasy come alive for everyone combining nature with everyday household bits and bobs and a good dose of imagination.
We know just how much children love to make pretty wands, crowns and equally how brewing up a good potion in a cauldron appeals to others. Have you tried writing with wild ink and stick pens? All these things and more we love here at Coombe Mill and how to do them is covered in this inspiring book.
What we love
Promotes a love of the outdoors
Gets kids excited about nature
Unleashes kids inner creativity and imagination
Beautifully written and illustrated
Activities are uncomplicated and fun to create or embellish
A great resource to come back to time and time again
If you are struggling for the perfect father’s Day gift this year, we may just have the most innovative, fun filled answer for any adrenaline loving risk taking Dad out there who is game for a laugh. Lightning Reaction Reloaded from Prezzybox is a game quite unlike any other. It is all about fast reaction time and watch out if you are slowest to respond as you’ll receive an electric shock so everyone knows just who was caught out. Definitely a game for adults and older kids, but don’t worry, the electric shock is adjustable so you can make it as shocking or not as you choose.
If you fancy giving the Dad in your house a shock this Father’s Day and creating some family entertainment time that will give you all a laugh and keep the kids happily off the screens for a while then read on to discover more about Lightning Reaction Reloaded and how you can win yourself a game.
More about Lightning Reaction Reloaded
The game is can be played with two, three or four players. It needs loading with 3*AAA batteries then each player takes a handset. Press the start button and the sound begins. When the sound stops the light goes from red to green indicating it is time to press the handset trigger. Be the last to react and you are in for the shock. Press too soon and the same will happen!
Lightning Reaction Reloaded is recommended for age 14 plus due to the electric shock effect. However we have played it responsibly on a low setting with adult supervision with our children from age 10 and they love it. That said the game is unsuitable for anyone using a pacemaker, suffering epilepsy or heart conditions and it is not advised for pregnant women.
What we love
It is a great party game
Tests reaction speed
The level of shock can be turned up or down
Great fun for teens and adults
Easy to set up and play
See how much fun it can be in our short video clip:
If you dread labelling up kit for kids we have the best ever cheats answer for you. Stamptastic are the experts in no sew, no mess named permanent ink printing labels. Think nursery school clothes, school uniforms, PE kit, stationary, school residential trips, after school club kit and more. Read on to discover how much use we have had from their bespoke branded logo stamp for Coombe Mill and how you could win a stamp with your child’s name on it for all your labelling needs.
More about Stamptastic
I have been a big fan of Stamptastic since they first launched. As a busy working mum with 6 children, Stamptastic was the answer to all my school and business labelling. It was being in the same situation that led Founders Francesca and Emma to develop the range, which has gone from strength to strength each year. While school labelling was the beginning, the range now extends to fun and branded logos for all kinds of events.
Name Stamp and Ink Pad
The ink pad and stamp block are so easy to use you’ll want to label everything in sight, just because you can! The stamp block is £10.00 and ink pad £12.00, both are sold separately and if like me, time is money, you will be saving yourself a fortune! No problem if your ink runs low, just order some more when you need it. You can see my review of the Name Stamp and Ink Pad here. (Nb these are the products for the Giveaway below).
Bespoke Logo for your family or business
We have been lucky enough to be sent one of the new ‘design your own logo’ stamp blocks from Stamptastic. How cool is this, our very own Coombe Mill logo stamp!
Even in just one colour it is so very clearly ours. I have been busy labelling everything from farm certificates to welly boots and books to farm overalls. Just like the name stamp, it is easy to order online and easy to use when it arrives. Check out our little video to see just what we mean.
What we love about the Stamptastic stamp and ink range
Bespoke to you (tip: If you have more than one child, why not just use a surname, or include all their initials on the stamp)
Intuitive to use
Super quick to stamp
Lasts wash after wash
Refill ink pads available online
Stamp block is hard wearing and built to last. (One stamp block did all 6 of my children through school and is still in use now at Coombe Mill).
Transparent block allows easy positioning of the stamp
Stamps to a variety of clean flat surface materials
Get the whole school on board with a 20% discount via the PTA team (details online)
Win your Stamptastic Block Stamp and Ink Pad with Coombe Mill
If you’d like your child’s name on a stamp to make light work of labelling everything from PE kit to stationary then follow the instructions below for £22 worth of bespoke block and ink. Good luck to all taking part.
For nature and animal lovers the new book from Quarto Kids is simply a must. Sounds of Nature: World of Forests explores 10 different forests across the world, each on a double page spread. Packed with interesting facts and information, the book can’t fail to delight. The interactive sounds really bring each forest to life for the reader. Read on to discover more about the book and for your chance to win a copy here with us.
More about Sounds of Nature: World of forests
The clever sound system to play on each page keeps the reader matching each sound to an animal following the number guide. The deciduous forest of the New Forest in the UK will be the most familiar to most with easily identifiable animal sounds, however even here there are some surprising facts to learn. Did you know there are wild pigs in the forest to eat the fallen acorns and other nuts that might otherwise be poisonous to the grazing ponies and cows? We know how much Sally, our holiday farm pig, loves the fallen acorns here.
Move away from familiar territory, especially outside of Europe, and the sounds of the forest become more mysterious and intriguing. We enjoyed the sounds from the Boreal forest, Mangrove Forest and Desert forest. Though our Alpaca at Coombe Mill are camelids and sound rather like the Dromedary camel of the desert forest.
What we love
Interactive sound system with number guide to match each animal with its sound.
Colourful illustrations which build the forest scene.
Informative facts for each animal
Quick paragraph detailing each forest habitat
Education made fun
Video of Sounds of Nature: World of Forests.
Need to Know
Robert Frank Hunter
Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 0.6 x 12.4 inches
Wide eyed Editions (Quarto)
Quarto Kids online, Amazon,
Comes with 3 AG-13button cell batteries (3*1.5v = 4.5v) replace with similar.
Win your copy of Nature: World of Forests with Quarto and Coombe Mill
For your chance to WIN a copy of this lovely book with sounds simply follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.
We were sent our copy of Sounds of Nature: World of Forests for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own. A copy of the book can be found in the Coombe Mill Games Room for our holiday guests to borrow.
“Tales from the farmers wife” shares life on our lovely holiday farm with Farmer Nick and our 6 children. Step into our beautiful 30 acres and experience nature close up with farming and educational crafts in stunning North Cornwall. Family, fun and adventure start here.